The Harvie Passage Alliance released the following information on August 31. We can expect to see some sediment in the Bow River downstream of Harvie Passage up to September 15.
Calgary River Users Alliance (CRUA) is please to see Calgary Parks Department moving forward on the Calgary River Access Strategy.
The motion passed by City Council in June gave direction to City Administration to develop a strategy for the existing river access points and develop new ones where needed. Administration was also asked to develop a plan to resolve the closure of Graves Bridge boat ramp to the public. CRUA, with 15 river user group membership has been part of the stakeholder consultation process to develop the River Access Strategy.
Calgary Parks Department is asking for the general public engagement into the strategy. A Website has been launched this week to solicit input and update the community as the strategy develops. It is important that members of the river use community express their support for the strategy and if you wish to be a part of the stakeholder group please register on the website.
CRUA has been assured that no immediate action will be taken to move away from continued public access. It is hoped that abuse of the gravel bar is behind us. Public education is an important part of a plan of action to reduce any further damage.
Calgary Parks Department has made a commitment to improve the amenities at river access points. Recent improvements can be seen at Grave Bridge. A park bench, garbage cans and a toilet were installed in July.
We can expect to see improvements at other sites in the near future.
It is a sad reality that we live and enjoy Alberta, but there always seems to be individuals or groups that just don’t care
Montana Fish & Wildlife made an early move this year to impose fishing restriction on a number of their most iconic rivers. Fishing restrictions are currently in place on stretches of the Big Hole, Madison Beaverhead, Ruby and Gallatin Rivers. In a July 1, 2016, press release, Greg Lemon, Information Bureau Chief, detailed the background to actions being taken:
“The public might not be aware of the dire situation facing many of Montana’s coldwater fisheries this summer, but FWP fisheries staff have anticipated this for months and are ready to act quickly to protect fisheries and work with all water users on mitigation strategies”.
“Under normal dry and hot years, fishing restrictions may be in place for a couple of days or weeks in early August on rivers like the Big Hole and Lower Madison, where flows and temperatures are regularly problematic. However, this year those restrictions come just as the summer fishing season was getting underway”.
“Low flows coupled with hot weather have caused river temperatures to begin to climb dramatically. Fishing restrictions are the first line of defense at protecting the fishery. The goal is to shift fishing pressure to the time of day when water temperatures are the lowest while protecting fish during the heat of the day. On a normal summer day, the river temperatures peak late in the evening and then plummet until they bottom out in the wee hours of the morning. Some rivers can see temperatures swings of 10 degrees or more. So typically FWP implements hoot-owl closures which prohibit fishing from 2 p.m. to midnight daily until conditions improve“.
Concerns for the Bow River fishery have come early this year with higher than normal temperature and low river flows. Hopefully conditions will improve, but the weather forecast are not encouraging.
On June 30, 2016 the Alberta Government issued an advisory that ” Significantly low flows coupled with consistent high temperatures, have created an increased risk to fish populations”. Details in the following link Alberta News Release
River flows out of the Bow River’s Ghost and Bearspaw Dams have been consistently low this spring due to low snow packs and little rain.
Flow forecasts are expected to continue the same trend.
In addition, the Bow River reservoirs upstream of Calgary are extremely low.Without further rain it is unlikely that normal fill capacity will be met. This will leave very little opportunity to release water to increase flows downstream if the conditions worsen. Bow River Storage Capacity
Good news for the Bow River trout population, the City of Calgary plans to open up the river flow in a number of back channels that will enhance spawning habitat for Brown Trout .The five sites are adjacent to the Bow River and located at:
Go to the following link for details